Moscow, 7 Nov '08. Hijacking of Russia’s parliament by activists of Voina group
16 Nov 2008 04:13 GMT
On the 91st anniversary of the October Revolution Voina group stormed Russia's parliament after burning the facade with the skull and bones through a laser gun.
A Jolly Roger fired at Russia’s parliament on Revolution Day
Laser gun was based on top of a Stalinist hotel on other side of river Moscow
Voina activists charging for the White House after the firing of the Jolly Roger
Group’s storming team scaled the parliament’s main gate
Activists advacing through grounds controlled by the Federal Security Service
Video surveillance camera destroyed by activist exiting the grounds
Voina group is learning how to hijack HQ's of federal power
MOSCOW, November 7 - At dawn Voina celebrated the 91st anniversary of the Revolution and the 120th birthday of Nestor Makhno, the symbol of anarchy in Russia, by hijacking the country's parliament.
At 4.30 am a team of Voina activists charged for the main gate of the White House after a Jolly Roger was fired from a laser gun based on top of the Stalinist convict-built landmark "Ukraine" hotel, across river Moscow.
Voina's technical crew held its position at top ground, firing the skull and bones towards the facade of the parliament building, giving the signal to a battalion of activists below on the bank of river Moscow to charge for the White House. Activists stormed the massive 7-meter gate and entered the area, tightly controlled by the Federal Security Service. After holding ground and destroying a piece of video surveillance activists left the White House unharmed, with stunned federal troopers unable to catch up with the speed of the Voina attack, appearing minutes later.
On November 7 1917 the Russian Revolution began with a blank shot from the "Avrora" battlecruiser - the signal for the mob to begin storming the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, the residence of the Russian emperor.
The Jolly Roger, Voina's laser signal for the attack on the White House, is a symbol for both piracy and anarchism. Anarchism is seen as the better method for political self-organization, while piracy in various forms is in the daily routine of the group's activists - from systematic shoplifting (liberation from capitalist slavery) to hijacking the renegade media field (combat against pro-Putin propaganda).
Back in 17-18th centuries pirates used to fly the Jolly Roger before attacking a ship or a seaport. The White House was built in the shape of a half-submerged submarine as an intended base for the ministry of the Soviet military fleet, but was turned into the country's parliament years later.
President Boris Yeltsin ordered a bloody siege of the legislature in October 1993. In November 2008 Voina activists held a training session to practice attack on the HQ of the Putinist junta.
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Reports w/photos (Russian): Plucer, Kassian
Activist's story (Russian): Indymedia Russia
As Voina proceeds to gather up opposition in Russia, the group's actions have varied from the pre-electoral porno-drama of the famous "Fuck for the heir Puppy Bear!" action to the more traditional street cop-resisting anarcho-picket "Censorship SUX!", from the rowdy intrusion of young activists into a police station to the meditation of a shoplifting cop in a priest's cassock . In September another Voina action left 3 illegal migrants and 2 homosexuals lynched in a supermarket - a gift for the right-wing authority ruling Russia.